Windows® 7 Startup Applications
Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. It has many features and tools that enhance your computing experience. Many programs start running during the startup process of Windows 7. Lots of processes and services have to be started to launch an application on your computer. Some of these services and programs start loading in Windows startup when they are installed. Programs are added in startup to reduce the access time and to help the user to quickly launch applications. The startup service and programs load in the startup even if you do not use the program and some startup services always runs in the background. These programs could slow down the computer and affect the system performance. To view or disable startup programs and services running on Windows 7, you could use the run line command ‘MSCONFIG’ and click on the startup tab in system configuration utility screen. All the startup programs would be listed in the startup tab with check boxes. You can uncheck the programs that you want to disable from the startup. Service tab in system configuration utility displays all the startup services including Microsoft services. You should not disable any Microsoft startup service because some of those services are essential for windows to run and disabling them could result in system errors.
Following are the programs that are loaded during Windows 7 startup:
- Antivirus programs
- Camera and scanner software
Antivirus programs add certain services to the Windows startup when they are installed. It is to provide you a real time protection. There are many viruses and programs that loads with the operating system or even before the operating system is loaded. So, these viruses are also called boot viruses. Antivirus programs could scan the startup files and programs because it is loaded during the system startup.
You use many messenger software like Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk etc. to chat with your near and dear ones. All these messenger programs are loaded in the startup, shortcut icons launch these programs that are added to system tray. Since the messenger programs are loaded in the startup, they launch as soon as you click the messenger’s quick launch icon in the system tray.
If you use a digital camera, you would have camera software installed on the computer which helps you to download pictures from the camera and to edit them as you wish. These software programs run in the startup to detect the camera as soon as plug it in. Almost all the scanners have a scan button, user just has to keep the image in the scanner bed and hit the scan button and the image is scanned automatically to the scanner software. This automated scanning process happens because the scanner program is loaded in the startup.
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